Northfield Village -- A fire destroyed an apartment in the North Isle apartment complex behind the Summit Plaza shopping center Feb. 4, but a woman living there escaped unharmed, said Village Acting Fire Chief Jason Buss.
Buss said the apartment sustained heavy fire, water and smoke damage.
"No one was injured," he said. "It will probably be a total loss of the apartment."
Buss said he did not yet have a cost estimate for the damage. He said it is believed that the fire was caused by an electrical problem, but it was still under investigation at press time.
Buss said the neighboring apartments were not damaged, thanks to cinder block walls that served as "fire stops" between the units. However, the electricity to about 10 units was shut off until at least Feb. 5 as a precaution and about 20 residents were evacuated.
"They have to find someplace else to stay tonight," said Buss Feb. 4. He said he is not sure about their accomodations.
Buss said two women, a mother and her adult daughter, lived in the apartment. The daughter, who was alone at the time, smelled smoke and discovered the fire in her mother's bedroom. Buss said she called 911 to report the fire at a little after 4 p.m.
"The first crews in reported heavy smoke and flames coming out of the windows," he said, adding that the fire was under control by about 4:20 p.m.
Buss said the Northfield Center-Sagamore Hills Fire District, and the Macedonia, Boston Heights, Oakwood, Maple Heights, Bedford and Hudson fire departments also responded.